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yesterday that focused on the debt ceiling in terms of the possibility of obligations, ur obligations all emanating from congressional actions. we cannot continue on this dangerous path. hopefully this hearing will serve a constructive opportunity to embrace a different path. i yield back. >> thank you so much, mr. levin. again,s this my pleasure to welcome secretary jack lew back to the committee on ways and means. we look forward to your testimony. the committee received your written statement t will be made part of the formal record and secretary lew, you're recognized for five minutes. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman and thank you, mr. chairman, ranking member levin for your gracious welcome here today. it's an honor to appear and present the president's budget for next year. i sit here as chairman noted surrounded by four decades of memories of many important occasions when bipartisan cooperation has moved the country forward in the best interest of the american people. i sit here today looking forward to continuing in that tradition this year and in my current role. our economy
without a lot of trauma drawn on and on time. the debt ceiling issue approaching as later this summer we have an opportunity. the house is going to move now and put its priorities in place in the senate what do they agree or not we are going to move now and early to reassure people america will pay its debt but to reassure investors and those watching we are serious about tackling our problems. >> host: has sequestration affected your district? >> guest: it hasn't and in fact we talked in our town hall meetings we do a lot of them, people just sort of kind of laughed when we talk about a 500 lb government being forced to lose 10 pounds. people know it's just a small step. they are upset that it looks like the white house is choosing to inflect political pain on the community such as closing local air-traffic towers but for the most part, they think it is a small but important step in the right direction. >> host: was it a political victory for republicans? >> guest: i think it helped reassure americans that we were serious about making some small but important steps in the right directio
me they are ready. >> on the debt ceiling, how do you see it playing out? you want it todo play out? >> the house is going to move a bill to give the treasury the ability to make interest payments, to make social security payments, in some particular fashion. our ur goal here is to put spending on a sustainable path. it isn't to default on our debt. the goal is to cut spending. i've made clear that until we get spending cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget in the next 10 years we're going to have fights. >> are you willing to have it turn out in 2011 again, to get to that level of suspense? >> i spent two and half years focused on this one issue in a big way. i think most you have understand my point to get this government to deal honestly with the spending problem. i've watched this government kick the can down the road and kick the can down the road. i swore to myself they would not do it and i'm not. briefing hner earlier. nancy pelosi had a briefing as well. >> tomorrow marks the 100th day of the 113th congress. i believe for the first 100 days he republ
. the houseebt ceiling, will move now to put its priority in place. we will move now early to reassure people that america will pay its debts. we are serious about tackling our problems. affected sequestration your district? guest: it has not. people laugh when you talk government0-pound being forced to lose 10 pounds. closing local air-traffic towers. they think it is a small step in the right direction. host: was it a political victory for republicans? guest: it helped reassure americans that we were serious about making some small but important steps in the right lowerion, walking those levels in was important -- locking those lower levels in was import. i believe we have the political courage to get this done. we have laid out courageous steps on medicare and medicaid to solve those. the president is willing to take some small steps towards us. host: wallace is a republican in dallas. caller: good morning. thank you for taking my call. police officer and i collect revolvers. my comment for the representative is that i have been leery when the government starts talking about protecting my
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